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IT services provider's office building used to draw attention of over 30,000 commuters to the issue of bullying in schools

1 December 2003 - Five light images publicising The Children's Society's annual Christmas fundraiser 'Christingle' and its theme 'Shine a Light on Bullying' were projected on to the side of the building housing the Steria offices on the M4 elevated section on the way out of London on the night of Friday 28th November.*

It is estimated that over 30,000** drivers travelling in and out of London between 4.30pm and 9.30pm on the elevated section of the M4 saw the projections light up the side of the office building in Brentford. The projection was the second of two; the first taking place at Southwark Cathedral on Monday 24th November.

A recent report by The Children's Society entitled 'Improving Behaviour' shows children still pinpoint bullying as a major issue at school. They want to be involved in writing the anti-bullying policies, and work with schools, governors and parents to eliminate the problem. Through events such as the Christingle services, which take place annually across the UK, children can get their voices heard.

John Torrie, CEO, Steria commented, "I'm really pleased that Steria could support The Children's Society in this year's campaign, and hope that the event brings the charity every success in getting this important message across."

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Notes to editors:
-The Children’s Society is a national children’s charity working with more than 50, 000 children and teenagers in 90 towns and cities. It works in partnership with communities, schools and families to tackle bullying, exclusion, youth justice, drug and alcohol misuse and supports young carers, child refugees and asylum seekers. It is a voluntary organisation of the Church of England.
- Christingle is a custom of the Moravian Church and originated in 1747 and was introduced to the Anglican Church by The Children’s Society in 1968.
- * Picture available from http://www.steria.co.uk/index.asp?ItemId=2760
- **Estimated figures, taken from Transport for London Census Point Count 2001, for number of cars travelling over the elevated section of the M4 at Brentford in and out of London between 4.30pm and 9.30pm

About Steria Limited (www.steria.co.uk)
Steria in the UK delivers a full services portfolio, combining consulting, systems integration and managed services with a focus on major business areas including the public sector, finance and transport. Steria employs more than 1,500 people in the UK.

About Steria (www.steria.com)
With 2002 revenue of 1.018bn Euros and over 8000 employees, Steria is one of the top ten IT services companies in Europe. Present in 12 countries worldwide, the Group is positioned as an end-to-end IT services partner thanks to the mastery of its three core businesses: consulting, systems integration and managed services.

Its acknowledged expertise in managing large-scale projects and its range of industrialised solutions in Europe enable Steria to offer its customers a reliable service with commitment to cost and risk control. The Group has strong sector-based expertise in the Public sector, Banking and Insurance, Industry/Utilities/Transport and Telecommunications markets.
Created in 1969, the Steria group is a pioneer in employee shareholding, with nearly 30% of its capital being held by employees. Steria is listed on the Premier Marché of the Paris Stock Exchange and in the SBF 120 index.


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